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Ending the decade on a high. It’s been an education!

The last decade has been an amazing time for our family.  10 years ago my children were kids of 11 and 7; now they’re young adults of 21 and 17.  Watching them grow up has been the central joy of our lives.  I wrote about the moment my daughter went to university here – it … Continue reading

Curriculum Murmurations #1. Thoughts from 2019.

A murmuration of curriculum.  That’s how my wife – a secondary Deputy Head – described the current state of things nationally.   It’s a great image: the energetic but chaotic swirling around of individuals trying to stay together, following-the-leader in short bursts within a flock that has no overall sense of direction; patterns emerging here … Continue reading

7 Deadly Difficulties in Teaching.

Increasingly I feel that teacher development, performance review and the whole apparatus around lesson observation should place a strong, central emphasis on understanding the challenges that teachers face in securing the learning of all the students in a class. It can often be extremely difficult even for experienced expert teachers to nail every student’s learning … Continue reading

Myth: Teacher-led instruction and student-centred learning are opposites. 

The blog is a copy of my essay in Education Myths edited by Craig Barton for ResearchEd, published by John Catt Ltd, reproduced here with permission.  Teacher-led instruction and student-centred learning are opposites.  Is it a myth or a straw man?   I think this is an important question to ask at the outset.  There’s not … Continue reading

The @teacherhead Blog Amp #2

#2  7th December  2019 Blog Amp Archive: November 30th The @teacherhead Blog Amp #1 Full Name : Robbie Burns (I blog as Mr.Burns) Blog Post Title: The Architecture of High Expectations Blog url: https://howthenshouldweteach.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/the-architecture-of-high-expectations/ Short blog description: What it’s about. (100 words max): I was often told at the beginning of my career: ‘You must set high expectations’. But … Continue reading

Our Last Parents’ Evening: Teachers – you’re amazing. Thank you!!

It’s the end of an era for us as parents.  Last night was our youngest child’s final parents’ evening before he finishes his A levels and goes off to university next year.  That was the last time we’ll have the pleasure of sitting opposite our children’s teachers, hearing their words of wisdom and witnessing that … Continue reading

Re-thinking Observation and Feedback: Solving the learning problems.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently about the problems with standard observation and feedback processes and what a better approach might be.  First of all, let’s look at the standard process: Typically, a teacher is observed by someone in the school hierarchy tasked with a role related to quality assurance.   The prevailing … Continue reading

Feedback? I don’t want to hear it. Here’s why.

Giving and receiving feedback is part and parcel of school life – but it is complicated.  Here are some thoughts based on my own recent experience with it. Recently I’ve run a couple of courses for commercial training providers where, as a matter of routine, they ask for feedback from delegates.  I’m assuming the purpose … Continue reading

The @teacherhead Blog Amp #1

#1 30th November 2019 Full Name : Elizabeth Mountstevens   Twitter @name: @DrMountstevens Blog Title: Filling the Tool Box (1) Blog url: https://catalysinglearning.wordpress.com/2019/11/25/filling-the-tool-box-1/ Short blog description:  An evidence-informed approach to teaching students problem-solving strategies as part of a series on metacognition Full Name : Jonathan Mountstevens   Twitter @name: @MrMountstevens Blog Title: The Strait and Narrow Way of Curriculum Leadership … Continue reading

The @teacherhead Blog Amp.

I appreciate the support I have had from lots of people who have shared my blogs multiple times over the years and I feel that I should help others in a similar way. However I am not a fan of being tagged into blog posts on twitter for a variety of reasons so I’m going … Continue reading

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